Woodland Baby Shower.

I really love planning + hosting parties. Thinking up details, searching out the perfect elements + catering an event to a specific person brings me an incredible amount of joy. I'm not sure I could pick a favorite party to plan, but baby showers would definitely be at the top of my list. Who doesn't love pawing sweet baby gear?


Since moving into the cozy brick house Lindsay has been telling me I should host a party in the backyard. It only seemed fitting when the opportunity came, I threw her a baby shower here. Under the stars, in the crisp fall air.

Ryan and I debated for a full month about the lighting situation. I told him what I envisioned, and he figured out a way to make it possible. It couldn't have been more perfect. 




Because the trees + twinkling lights were the backdrop of the party, I kept the decor simple. Wood shavings, candle votives wrapped in yarn, wood cutlery + bowls and a few little deer placed here + there.


For refreshments we ate donuts + warm cider.



To help guests learn a little bit about one another, I created little felt heart pins and placed them in a jar. Once everyone arrived and took their seats I instructed them to (one at a time) remove a heart from the jar, share their name, how they knew Lindsay and one thing they love about motherhood. Then the guest was to pin the felt heart to her blouse and pass the jar. This was my favorite part of the evening. Everyone shared such tender experiences and I would be lying if I didn't tell you a few tears were shed.



Teeny tiny pumpkins were part of the decor and doubled as favors for the guests.

I learned a few things while planning this shower:

1. I have amazing friends who are always eager to help.
2. I couldn't do half of the things that brew in my head if it weren't for my highly capable and talented husband.
3. I would love to help you plan your next event! There are so many ideas in my head, I couldn't possibly host a party for them all. Email me dandeedesigns@gmail.com for more information!


21 comments:

  1. Loved it! You have such a talent for these things. I loved the mood which was set there. Amazing, I tell you!

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  2. lovely! wish I could have been there, sounds like fun!

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  3. Well that is just about the cutest shower ever! I love all your little details!

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  4. I heard it was a beautiful evening. So sorry I missed it.

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  5. What a great shower! Your parties are always amazing. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't jealous of your talent! =]

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  6. What a lovely idea! I love the wood shavings and the tree trunk card holders. And donuts and cider are our favorite fall dessert!

    I just posted about a French baby shower I helped throw for my friend! It must be baby season!

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  7. I love your blog. It is quite perfect. Just wondering where that metal box came from? I think I saw it in your craft night post too. Thanks

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  8. Every little thing about this shower was so perfect and SO very Lindsay. It was a great night!

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  9. Such a beautiful evening! Love the setting! Everything was perfect. You're creative and talented. Great job! Thanks so much for sharing this.

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  10. That is such a beautiful party, I love the lighting and the wool covered jars!

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  11. such a cute shower, I love every part of it!!

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  12. Wow!!!! Your yard is A. May. Zing! What kind of lights did you use. I need those for my back yard.

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  13. Looks like you enjoy your baby shower party. I love the idea of putting lights on the venue. It looks really elegant. I'm thinking to suggest that thing to my friend for her upcoming baby shower also.

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  14. Without a doubt, that is the prettiest shower I have ever seen. Everything is so well done, & the lights in the yard just make it look magical. You did an amazing job!

    p.s. you absolutely should be an event planner! good luck with the new venture; i already am looking forward to pictures!

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  15. This shower is super beautiful!! You're such a talented host!

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  16. Love the mini pumpkins, felt hearts and strings of lights. Nicely done, nicely done.

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  17. Wow lovely spot. it so windy there and it so cool. nice
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    Mickey Buarao

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  18. This is lovely! I love the lighting and cozy table decor.
    hope you don't mind me linking.

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  19. Oh my gosh, I stumbled on your blog last night and I'm now OBSESSED. I love all your ideas and projects! We have a young baby and I always feel short on time and yet you manage to do all sorts of crafty, fun things with 5 (or is it 6 now?) kiddos! Anyhow, just saying hi and thanks for all the awesome ideas.

    Ps. I love, love the bowls you used for this party--where are they from?

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